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one reason I'm (sorta) excited to go home

Sometimes I really love how international it is here--how there are people from every country, people have different dialects and different words/spellings for some things (was reminded of this by Rita's zucchini post earlier).  Usually I like the diversity of being here.

But there are other times where I just want everyone to use the "normal" words I'm used to!  I don't want to have to figure out what a capsicum or a courgette is!  Or wonder if the person I'm emailing will think I'm an idiot if I spell color the way I'm used to instead of sticking a U in there.

I guess it further complicates matters that there's no one "correct" way here--people will spell it "favour" in one sentence and "favor" in the next.  It's not like it's hard to understand, there's just this OCD part of me that wants there to be one correct way instead of being all in-betweeny like this!

Okay, vent over.

Re: one reason I'm (sorta) excited to go home

  • And you know what else [should make you excited to go home]?

    Target.

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  • Wow, ethno centric much? Just because we do or say things a certain way in the US doesn't make it right. Um, you are in a foreign country....things are bound to be different.

    Does your FI spell things differently and use different words for things? Does it annoy you? 

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  • Sometimes it can be difficult to be constantly translating and adjusting, even mentally. But like you said, it's been a good experience and taught you a lot.
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    I'm also a little OCD and have problems with this sometimes.  I go back and forth on things like spelling or vocabulary or colloquialisms, trying to figure out whether to use one version or another.  After a while, I just gave up and now I pick and choose which I like better and have formed a consistent hybrid.

    In some cases, where there isn't a good English expression at all, I'll even throw in a random foreign language like Chinese.  That way everyone is equally confused!  Haha!

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  • image JennyBee1018:

    Wow, ethno centric much? Just because we do or say things a certain way in the US doesn't make it right. Um, you are in a foreign country....things are bound to be different.

    Does your FI spell things differently and use different words for things? Does it annoy you? 

    That's a little harsh, Jenny.  If you re-read what I wrote I wasn't saying I was the only one who's right, just that that's what I'm used to.  I do realize things are different in another country, obviously.

    And when FI uses British rather than American words/phrases it doesn't annoy me but I do correct him, because we're primarily going to be living in the States and I want him to learn American English so that he can be easily understood.

    I really wasn't trying to be offensive at all.

  • I'm going to agree...Jenny, I don't think she was meaning to be ethno-centric, more so that sometimes it's emotionally exhausting to be away from something so familiary ("home").  I feel that way sometimes, just as probably most everyone does who lives away from their homeland.   

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  • I totally have that feeling sometimes too, where it's just mentally exhausting having to constantly figure things out, when you were so used to just knowing how to do things. 

    As for the spelling, that still gives me fits sometimes! I do a lot of procedural documentation in my current position, and the stupid spellchecker doesn't always catch my American spellings - I think it's selective in it's corrections just to tick me off and make me proof documents over and over again.  

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